Grateful Dead Live at Avalon Ballroom on 1969-01-25
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Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Lovelight
Dupree's Diamond Blues > Doin' That Rag > Cosmic Charlie, Alligator > drums > Alligator > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Feedback > And We Bid You Good Night
setlist courtesy deadlists.com; Other artists on bill: Sons of Champlin, Initial Shock
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|Dark Star ->|
|St. Stephen ->|
|The Eleven ->|
|Turn On Your Lovelight|
|Dupree's Diamond Blues ->|
|Doin' That Rag ->|
|Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) ->|
|And We Bid You Good Night|
-- The mix in Set 1 is a mess
-- Beginning of Dark Star is cut
-- Reel flip in Turn On Your Lovelight
-- And We Bid You Good Night is cut at end
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for lending me his Dats
- Dat (Sony R500) -> Sound Devices 744T -> Samplitude Professional v11.03 -> FLAC
- San Francisco, CA
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Avalon Ballroom
This stuff is competent, good, nothing outstanding for '69, but definitely "on. I'm most partial to the charge of Cosmic Charlie (no vocal coda for 'Rag'?) and the compact economy of the Alligator suite.
Subject: Near the end of the Avalon
Middle of an Avalon run; the first of two 3-day runs there in '69 (most of the San Fran shows in '69 were at the Fillmore West and the 2nd run at the Avalon would be the last there). 2-27-69 is the Winter '69 touchstone; this is more of a "deep cut" show for '69 fanatics. Apparently there are two short sets - nobody seems to think this isn't complete, and there were other bands on the bill. But seems a lot like the long-one-set shows they'd been playing up to that point. There's a great Caution but a hella goofy mix.
First Set. Dark Star has some soaring parts but is pretty typical for '69 (check 2/27 and 3/2 for the top stuff of the winter). Eleven kills but unfortunately the vox are dropped. They come back during Lovelight (stoned mixer's composure regained after sitting on fader?), then [mostly] disappear again.
Second Set. Average '69 fare - even the Cosmic Charlie which was used over better ones as a bonus on Aoxomoxoa. There's the good Caution and Bid You Good Night is cut.
1st Set: C
2nd Set: C
Overall = 2 1/2 Stars
SOURCES: The miller.109641 is best.
Subject: Everybodies Doing that Rag...
Dupree's Diamond Blues > Doin' That Rag > Cosmic Charlie- Pretty good threesome!!!
Subject: Short and Not So Sweet Show
Anyways, back to the show at hand, January 25,1969. The first set is classic 60's Dead: Dark Star>St. Stephen>The Eleven>Lovelight. The second set is lackluster in my opinion but includes: Dupree's Diamond Blues>Doin' That Rag>Cosmic Charlie, Alligator>Caution>Feedback>And We Bid You Good Night.
The Dark Star is plagued by audio problems and often ruined by jarring organ playing. I dig TC's playing when he provides interesting harmony above the rest of the band, especially while jamming. But his sound doesn't lend itself well to the spacey, transcendental feeling of Dark Star in this recording. They played for 5 less minutes than the previous night, this Dark Star clocking in at 14 minutes, and played for another 5 less on 1/26. Perhaps they experimented with the long Dark Star but decided to pull it back for 1/26, knowing the show would be released.
The ebbing and flowing of TC's organ notes are much more tolerable in St. Stephen. However, the band doesn't really seem together and is a fairly weak rendition.
The Eleven has some decent playing in it but the vocals are inaudible. The boys are clearly warming their chops up for the next night's performance. I particularly love Phil's bass from about 9 minutes and into the Lovelight theme.
Again, solid playing in Lovelight but the beginning has some organ playing that sounds like you're leveling up in a video game and totally ruins the groove. You also can't hear Pigpen until the 1 minute, 30 second point in this recording. Jerry and Phil are tearing it up at the 4 minute mark for a bit and then Jerry breaks into the theme again at 5:40. I would also point out the unique Pigpen improv at 11 minutes. Lovelight has such a contagious, feel-good vibe that it's hard not to like it in any set.
The second set isn't strong at all. Whatever steam that was gained in the first set was clearly lost in the second. I suppose this is because they hadn't played Dupree's Diamond Blues or Doin' That Rag much and were still getting the hang of them. But, the songs from their regular repertoire also lacked energy, emotion, and really any notable playing.
I recommend listening to the next night they played at Avalon Ballroom if either the set lists from 1/24 or 1/25 interest you. The Dead's performance from the 26th would become their seminal "Live Dead" album. Both performances from the 24th and 25th provide context which can only add to anyone's appreciation of "Live Dead".
Subject: Too much TC
Subject: J. Garcia
Subject: tc sounds perfect
Subject: TC high in mix!
I'll reluctantly subtract a star for the mix and other audio problems.
Subject: Rugged, Raw & Yet At Times, Sublime
Subject: The Eleven
Put the head phones on and enjoy Garcia and Lesh on this track (flaws and all).
Subject: Set 2
Seems like their working out some of the bugs in their just freshly premiered (as of the night before) Dupree's Diamond Blues and Doin' That Rag. Both renditions have Jerry forgetting lyrics and working out the kinks in the jams. Still charming to have, and sounds decent.
The Alligator is short and not as thoughtful as some renditions, but still spices up the setlist.
These shows are certainly a warm up to the wonderful February through April months of 1969. We can hear them about to burst out with the most energy and creativity they had played with yet. This show documents their "rehearsal" period rather than the best execution of each individual song.
3 for performance
4 for sound thanks CM, sounds great for a 41 year old recording
5 for historical relevance
= solid 4!